That’s Some Cramp

sheff-crampIt looked bad when Gary Sheffield came out of last Friday’s game against the Braves. Sheff had been running down a rocket off the bat of Yunel Escobar, then pulled up lame. Everyone assumed it was a hamstring pull. But alas, it was merely “a cramp”.

Our collective sigh over that “close one” has now lasted four days, as Sheffield remains out of the lineup with “cramps”. Is this a menstrual thing? Because that I can understand. Maybe Sheff is having a post-steroid-use issue like Jose Canseco, or maybe he’s on the same stuff Manny Ramirez was caught using, and it’s causing him to have “female issues”. Who knows? But it sure seems strange to have a leg cramp that lasts four days.

Or maybe it’s not a “cramp” but actually a hamstring “pull” or “strain”. There are at least two reasons for the Mets to mis-report the injury. First, the potential loss in ticket sales and other stadium revenues (i.e., tacos, Czechvars, spicy tuna rolls, etc.), because people don’t like paying Yankee Stadium prices for a Tidewater Tides show. Second, there is the outside chance (not likely) that another club is looking for a RH bat — and if Sheffield is placed on the DL, he can’t be traded. Or maybe there’s another conspiracy theory I’m missing.

In other injury news, Fernando Nieve will be out for six weeks. That’s not necessarily a bad thing for ticket sales, since most fans are more interested in seeing Jonathan Niese anyway.

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  1. Wendy July 21, 2009 at 2:41 pm
    Shef said he felt it grab when he was tracking the ball down and that he felt a spasm when he tried to shovel the ball to Pagan.

    Yet another case of weird medical occurrences with the Mets this year, too many to count and that’s not even including the guys on the DL.

    Seeing Jerry Manuel and Ray Ramirez actually go on the field to check on David Wright on Saturday actually blew my mind. He’s obviously injured and his production since then shows that, but they should send him for an MRI if for just a precaution.

  2. isuzudude July 21, 2009 at 6:41 pm
    Isn’t this pretty much Jose Reyes all over again? Boy, this team is really a glutton for punishment.